Series: Charley Davidson #7
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 21, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kate
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY delivers exactly what readers have come to expect from the Charley Davidson series, with snark, sexiness and sweetness, all rolled up into one book. Those unfamiliar with the series may not want to start here, but if you're caught up on the latest of Charley, I would suggest diving right in, so you don't miss a single thing!
I wouldn't say that SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY is as action-filled as some previous installments in the series, but there is plenty of fighting and also emotional moments. There were a few times when I was definitely holding back tears. It seemed a lot of the book was focused on the greater plot arc of Charley's potential and a little less about the individual case she was solving. We're given more answers to mysteries, about who Charley is, and where she came from, but we're also given more mysteries (for example, I want to know who the hell Mr. Wong, the ghost in the corner of Charley's living room, is). Jones manages that balance between telling the reader too much and not enough, divulging just enough information to keep me turning the pages without getting frustrated at the lack of background.
The secondary characters continue to be a delight, with Cookie and Uncle Bob's burgeoning relationship a wonder to behold, especially through Charley's eyes. Reyes continues to be as sexy as ever, even if he is hard to relate to. Everybody has a role to play, and they all play it so well. The banter between Charley and Cookie remains as fast-paced as ever, and Reyes and Charley continue to emit sparks whenever they're in the same room. It's rare that a series has such a large cast of characters that maintain such individual personalities, but the Darynda Jones manages to keep it up, reminding me every page why I fell in love with these characters.
Overall, a solid installment in the Charley Davidson series, SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY isn't breaking any new ground, but it's definitely going to be a crowd-pleaser for those familiar with Charley and her gang. I can't wait to see where Charley goes next in EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK, scheduled to be released next May.Series Titles:
- First Grave on the Right
- Second Grave on the Left
- Third Grave Dead Ahead
- Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet – 4/5
- Fifth Grave Past the Light – 4/5
- Sixth Grave on the Edge - 4/5
- Seventh Grave and No Body
- Eight Grave After Dark